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Some Democrats Opposed to Reprimanding Wilson

By Paul Kane
Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) announced today he will not support the resolution reprimanding Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for accusing President Obama of lying about his proposed health-care legislation, signaling Democratic leaders will lose some votes Tuesday when the roll is called.

Hodes, who is running for Senate in 2010, issued a statement saying that Wilson's shout of "You lie" during Obama's address to Congress last Wednesday was "reckless and disrespectful ... offensive and disturbing". But the intense focus on Wilson has "served as a distraction to the larger goal of providing affordable, portable, high quality health care," Hodes said -- the point of Obama's speech last week.

"In my judgment, it's time to move on and I do not support this resolution. We should not allow Mr. Wilson's reckless conduct to overshadow the need to work together to craft a strong health care reform measure that gives Americans lower costs, more choice, and real control in a fiscally responsible fashion," Hodes said.

Other Democrats have also questioned whether the action would only serve to further make Wilson a hero to conservatives, who have pumped more than $1 million into his campaign coffers since the outburts last week. "I would not make Joe Wilson the martyr he is not," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) told Politico. "If the House proceeds, they can make the mistake of appearing to want to humiliate a member who has indeed apologized to the president."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, agreed with Hodes' concern that the Wilson resolution may distract from the issue of health care, which Obama has remained focused on himself. "He is determined not to be distracted. That focus is what is going to get us through this. That focus is what the American people will end up respecting and loving about the guy," Cummings said Monday evening in an interview.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 15, 2009; 11:41 AM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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I'm tired of Democrats (black caucus)being "offended" by everything. Let's get real and stop being so hypocritical. Wilson apologized, it was accepted, so let's move on.

Posted by: ohioan | September 15, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Face it, all of those serving have years of backdoor deals and so much corruption to hide, noe on canmove an inch or their whole house of cards will topple.

Posted by: dottydo | September 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So the Redneck Republicans finally get called out and held up in the light of day for everyone to see who they are:
Angry, old white men with questionable moral standards in politics, in marital fidelity, in racial bias.

I think the one appology would have been enough, if it had been sincere. But the fundraising surrounding it and all the other hoopla makes it seem like it was done only because he felt he had to. So now, I condone this action to smack this smartguy down and remind him who he really is.

Posted by: toddL2 | September 15, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"I'm tired of Democrats (black caucus)being "offended" by everything...

Posted by: ohioan | September 15, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse"

Oh yeah, unprecedented disrespect only happens because he's a democrat. ¬_¬

Posted by: Crucialitis | September 15, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Joe Wilson's wife Roxanne asked her husband "Joe, who's the nut that hollered out, 'you lie'?'" When he told her it was him she says she didn't believe him at first.

Well, at least the mystery of evolution's missing link between apes and men has been solved.

It turned out to be Republicans.

Posted by: plaza04433 | September 15, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty good - what Joe Wilson wanted to say:

Posted by: offersave | September 15, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Joe Wilson has a lot more to worry about than a "rebuke". For at least the next year, Joe Wilson has rendered himself nearly impotent in the House. He'll lose his committee appointments. He'll never get a bill considered. He won't be able to steer projects (pork) to his district. All he will be able to do is vote. The people of his district will be effectively without representation in the House - which is as it should be, because people who would elect someone like Joe Wilson deserve everything that's going to happen.

Posted by: SODDI | September 15, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Joe Wilson will survive.
After all, if the House was really concerned about protocol and ethics, they'd be rethinking their choice for chairman of the ways and means committee.

Posted by: mountaingrowin | September 15, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Here we are in a new era where people are apologizing (sometimes grudgingly) and people are accepting their apologies. Obama accepted this grudging apology. Taylor Swift accepted K. West's. This is a good thing. Let's don't care about Joe Wilson. He apologized. President said okay. What's now?

Posted by: GaiasChild | September 15, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse



2007 45.7 Million Un-Insured Breakdown
Illegal Immigrants = 9.3 million
Medicad Undercount = 6.4 million
Medicaid/SCHIP Eligible = 4.3 million
Childless Adults = 5.0 million
Over 300% of Poverty = 10.1 million
Remaining Uninsured = 10.6 million

Medicad Undercount – People who are on one of two government health insurance programs, Medicaid or S-CHIP, but mistakenly (intentionally or not) tell the Census taker that they are uninsured.

Medicaid/SCHIP Eligible – Eligible for free or heavily subsidized government health insurance (again, either Medcaid or SCHIP), but have not signed up.

Childless Adults – Adults between ages 18 and 34 and without kids.

Over 300% of Poverty – Do not fit into any of the above categories, and they have incomes more than 3X the poverty level.

Remaining Uninsured – U.S. citizens, with income below 300% of poverty, not on or eligible for a taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program, and not a childless adult between age 18 and 34.


Posted by: xinunus | September 15, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

What ever happenned to free speech? Yes it may have been in bad taste but making it a news story for days on end is beyond belief. Just because he is the president doesn't mean he may not have his own agenda in mind. People say he demands respect. He hasn't earned mine yet. I say if your a public servant and have a position that alows you to speak for the people you represent and think hes lying then why not call him a liar in the most public way you can. Right or wrong, Thats what he did. Do you think our founding fathers would have held back when they though an injustice was occuring? Do you think any one of them ever said I'm sorry about speaking out on what they believed in or worried about disrespecting the king of england, (at the time the most powerful man in the world)?

Posted by: rainman2 | September 15, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

as far as toddl? comment on republicans this is the mind of a liberal all b.s. no facts. when it comes to leadership this is what you get from a bunch of losers that resort to name calling because they do not have any solutions of their own. when obama apologizes for his comments to the police officer that arrested his friend and nazi pelosi apologizes as well you finally might have something to talk about instead for running off at the mouth like you do.

Posted by: tswank1 | September 16, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

yep offersave that pretty much sums it up nice job

Posted by: tswank1 | September 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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